People, Places, Business

Nielsen Recruits

Skewen company is motoring with support from employment project

A Skewen based company has recruited a fourth member of staff via the EU backed South West Workways project.

Over the last 4 years, Skewen based Nielsen Convenience Distribution, a supplier of motor vehicle products to petrol stations and convenience stores, has used Workways for their recruitment needs.

The 4 former Workways participants who have joined Nielsen’s are Malcolm Jobling, Richard Legg, Richard Davies and Lloyd Jones. Gavin Walsh, a current Workways participant, also has a temporary job at the company with a view to further employment.

Stephen Dare, General Manager, Nielsen’s, said “It’s so easy to recruit via Workways. They understand our business and know exactly what we’re looking for.

“As Workways vet candidates for us, it takes the risk out of the recruitment process. My time is precious so it’s a help not having to sift through applications.” 

54 year old Malcolm Jobling from Skewen was the first Workways participant to be employed by Nielsen’s.

Malcolm said “I’d been out of work for 12 months before signing up for Workways; I couldn’t find any jobs. I haven’t looked back since joining Nielsen’s four years ago.”

Stephen Dare said “Malcolm has worked his way up through the company and is now my right hand man. He’s been a fantastic addition to the business.”

33 year old Richard Legg from Skewen is the most recent addition to the Nielsen’s team. Prior to finding work with the company, Richard, a father of three, had been a stay at home dad for over a year.

Richard said “Workways made a big difference in helping me find a job.  The regular support from my Workways mentor Mark really helped.”

Councillor Ali Thomas, Leader of Neath Port Talbot Council said “The success of Workways is a testament to the relationships the project has with both local employers and jobseekers. This is a fine example of the support the project offers. ”

South West Workways supports individuals to overcome the barriers which prevent them from finding employment. Workways also works closely with a range of small and large local companies, helping them with their recruitment. The project, which is backed by the European Social Fund through the Welsh Government, is led by Neath Port Talbot Council in collaboration with Carmarthenshire, Pembrokeshire and Swansea Councils.